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Overall

Springbok Lodge

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Nambiti

from R 1423 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Springbok Lodge

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Nambiti

from R 1423 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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The first tented camp in Nambiti, Springbok Lodge also offers superb value for money!

Our Ratings

7.0
Overall
7.0
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
7.0
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

Our Ratings

7.0
Overall
7.0
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
7.0
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The widely spaced and spacious tents at Springbok Lodge offer privacy as well as all the necessary comforts such as air-conditioning for summer and heaters for winter and lovely comfy beds
  • Excellent value for money – Springbok Lodge is available at a keener price than the reserve’s non-tented lodges but delivers great friendly personal service, comfortable accommodation and the same game experience
  • Nambiti offers good game viewing but a real highlight also has to be the reserve’s stunning landscapes that put the lowveld reserves to shame
  • Easily accessible from both Johannesburg and Durban, the lodge’s fully equipped conference room and 21 tents make Springbok Lodge ideally suited for small corporate groups looking for an ideal breakaway venue

What's Not

  • Public areas perhaps don’t have the same degree of style as some of the reserve’s pricier lodges
  • The reserve's relatively small size and newness (opened in 2005) means that numbers of certain species can be fairly limited, but game viewing is already good and steadily getting even better
Springbok Lodge

Springbok Lodgethe first tented lodge in Nambiti and so offers a slightly different experience to the others – combine this with pricing that is a bit sharper than most of its rivals and you can see why Springbok Lodge has quickly become one of our best sellers!

Lodge Profile

The first tented camp in Nambiti, Springbok Lodge also offers superb value for money!

Quick Overview

Location
Nambiti Reserve
Drive Time
4 1/2 hours from Johannesburg & 3 hours from Durban
Malaria
No
Setting
Hillside
Rooms
21 Tents
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Massages available
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
Children of all ages welcome

Nambiti has rapidly become one of our best-selling reserves and it’s not hard to see why: the reserve offers both superb scenery and excellent game viewing, which combined with its easy access from both Johannesburg and Durban and a selection of excellent lodges to choose from (all at great value prices) constitutes a real winner! Springbok Lodge has managed to successfully differentiate itself from the other lodges in the reserve in that it was the first tented lodge in Nambiti and so offers a slightly different experience to the others – combine this with pricing that is a bit sharper than most of its rivals and you can see why Springbok Lodge has quickly become one of our best sellers!

The lodge’s 21 rooms may be “tents” but don’t worry that you’re going to have to forego any of those oh-so desirable creature comforts! They're split into 8 family interleading tents and 13 doubles. The original tents are located on raised wooden platforms and are full canvas constructions whilst some recent additions are on a cement base with solid walls up to ceiling level and a canvas roof. The rooms lie scattered across a hillside overlooking the reserve – and they’re widely spaced so that privacy is excellent. You can enjoy stunning views of the sunrise from your balcony, but it’s really the tent’s spacious interiors that will likely have you purring in pleasure with their hardwood floors, comfy beds and romantic stand-alone baths! Air-conditioning is in place to take the edge off the summer heat whilst heaters and electric blankets are in place to keep you toasty and warm during winter. What could be better than returning from your afternoon game drive than to find that your bed’s already thoughtfully warmed up! Another highlight has to be the private outdoor showers – after all there’s little to touch showering under the stars on a balmy summer evening…

As far as the main lodge building is concerned , it’s very much in the traditional game lodge style with an expansive thatched roof enclosing the reception, curio shop, dining room, bar and lounge area complete with fire place where you can relax with a good book on chilly days. Outside a large wooden deck overlooks an expansive lawn area and the inviting swimming pool that resembles a natural rock pool. On those sweltering summer days this is the perfect place to simply chill – and who knows, perhaps you might even be joined by BFE, Nambiti’s most famous elephant bull, on the hillside in search of his next meal! If we had to be really picky, it would be nice to have more shaded areas on the pool deck, whilst the inside lounge area being all one space under a very large roof perhaps lacks that really cosy feel.

Heading off from the lodge on your twice daily game lodges you’ll rapidly see why staying in Nambiti leads to so many happy guest reviews. Whilst it obviously lacks the reputation for Big Five sightings that reserves like the Sabi Sand are able to boast, Nambiti certainly delivers a hugely enjoyable game drive experience. Whilst the ever elusive leopard sightings are growing but still pretty rare, you’re likely to get very decent sightings of a wide range of game including elephant and lion, rhino and buffalo (not to mention more kudu than you could possibly imagine!) The quality of game viewing on offer certainly took us hugely by surprise when we first visited Nambiti back in 2011 and continues to go from strength to strength. Keen birders too will be treated to a variety of twitters – including seasonal migratory birds.

But more than just the animals on view, Nambiti also offers up some truly spectacular landscapes that constitute nearly as much of an attraction for many guests (from expansive grassy plains that remind us more than a little of the Serengeti, to rolling hills covered in thickets) – it’s the Sundays River gorge that makes its way through the reserve complete with waterfalls and steep cliffs that are perhaps the highlight though from an aesthetic perspective. And the good news is that just as the game viewing is ever-improving as the reserve matures, so the visible clues that this was previously farm land are becoming more difficult to spot.

Heading back to the lodge you’ll be welcomed back by the enthusiastic and genuinely friendly lodge staff and management – the service and attitude of the staff is consistently raved about by our guests in fact! If the weather’s good perhaps you’ll get to enjoy a traditional boma dinner around the open-fire under the stars, alternatively a 3 course dinner is served in the dining room or deck (weather depending) Again the food is consistently well rated by our guests, which is yet another pleasant example of over-delivery given the very reasonable rates at Springbok Lodge.

One final aspect that we also need to touch on is that Springbok Lodge is one of the few lodges that caters to the small corporate groups market and is absolutely ideal for a management team weekend breakaway for example. It is handily placed for access from both Johannesburg and Durban, whilst the 15 tents (with 5 more on the way during 2014) is large enough to handle such small groups comfortably. Finally, it has a dedicated conference room (for up to 40 people) that has all the usual equipment required.

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • Excludes all beverages from the bar and on game drives
  • Nambiti Rhino Conservation Levy of R 34.20 pppn
  • Spa Treatments
  • Minimum 2 night stay over a weekend (Friday and Saturday night)
  • On arrival at the Nambiti Reserve guests are directed to the undercover car park area where our lodge ranger will meet them and transfer them and their luggage on his open game viewer to Springbok Lodge
  • Baby sitting by prior arrangement – small fee applicable - Camp Cot and High Chair available
  • Visits to Cheetah Interaction and Breeding project
  • Fishing – (seasonal) catch and release (rods available or byo)

Child Policy

  • Children 0 - 2 years will stay free of charge
  • Children 3 - 11 years when sharing with two adults will pay a reduced rate.
  • Children under 2 not allowed on game drives (babysitting should be arranged IN ADVANCE with the Lodge)
  • Kindly note that children 12 years and under will not be allowed within 50m of a big five sighting whilst on game drive - however this may change at the discretion of the ranger at the time of the sighting
  • A child friendly dinner menu option is available